One of the questions that those who pray often ask is, “Can my prayers really move God to do something that, otherwise, He might not do?” That’s a logical question. To answer it, all we can do is go to the Word of God and see what it says.1
Read James 4:2; Luke 11:9, 10; James 5:16–18. What do these texts say about our prayers and the actions of God?
However much prayer changes us, and impacts our relationship with God and others, the Bible [...]
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
More exciting than getting what you ask for from God is just knowing He listens to you!
In the summer of 1991 I was enjoying my first full year of Literature Evangelism, as I was selling books all over Oklahoma and even the surrounding states. So far I was leading my conference in sales and hours worked. However, [...]
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). What important principles does this text teach us in regard to what is required for prayer and what it means to us? 1
In a sense, prayer is a way of coming to God, of opening oneself up to Him. We don’t pray so that God will know the things that [...]
What do the following texts teach us about Jesus and prayer? What is the context of these verses?1
Luke 3:21, 22
Luke 9:28, 29
Luke 6:12, 13
Luke 22:31, 32
Jesus, the spotless Son of God, the one who was without sin, without fault, the one who lived in perfect harmony with the will of the Father, obviously had a powerful prayer life. (The above verses don’t even include Jesus’ prayer in John 17.) If Jesus needed to pray in order to deal with [...]
One day, a young man received a letter from a former co-worker, someone who had retired a number of years earlier. The two workers, to put it mildly, hadn’t gotten along; the one who had left, from the start, had treated the other one badly. Anyway, the worker still there opened the letter and started to read. Among the words were the following: “You know, I don’t understand how prayer works, never did, at least intellectually. I do know, however, [...]
[Editor's Note: When we think of prophecy, our minds often turn to the message of Rev 14:6-10 and Rev 18:4, and we are reminded that it is our responsibility to call God's people out of Babylon. But do we understand the sin of Babylon so we can be sure that we do not participate in the same sin? Stan Hudson explores this topic.]
Some time ago I visited a dear, little old lady who had a great spiritual concern: “Pastor, do [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: Col. 4:2, Rom. 12:12, Matt. 26:34–44, Heb. 11:6, James 4:2, John 14:15, 1 Thess. 4:3.
“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17, NKJV).
Key Thought: In numerous places in the Bible the Lord calls us to pray because prayer is an essential component of our walk with Him.
Ellen White gave us these words on the issue of prayer: “Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. [...]
“The Bible is the most ancient and the most comprehensive history that men possess. It came fresh from the fountain of eternal truth, and throughout the ages a divine hand has preserved its purity. . . . Here only do we find an authentic account of the origin of nations. Here only is given a history of our race unsullied by human pride or prejudice.
“In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, [...]
Neng Suan cried out in agony. His son—his only son—was dead.
Neng and his wife have five daughters, but in their culture girls count for nothing. If someone asked Neng how many children he had, his answer was, “I have a son.” A son meant stability, support in old age, hope for the future. But suddenly his only son, his pride and joy, was dead. Now Neng had nothing, no hope, and no future.
Neng and his family live in a [...]
Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1
You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. But if you closed the door there was room for a wooden rocking chair where Mr. Brown sat, and room for me on a [...]
There are a whole bunch of crazy predictions and prophecies out there.1
Here are a few I found that you might find interesting:
“Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further developments.” —Roman engineer Julius Sextus Frontinus, A.D. 100
“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.” —John Eric Ericksen, surgeon to Queen Victoria, 1873
“Law will be simplified [over the next century]. Lawyers will have [...]
Key Thought: Human history appears as dependent on the abilities of man, but above it all, God is working out His purposes ending with the second coming of Jesus.
[Teaching Plan for "The Bible and History" February 29, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 1:1-3.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do you think God chooses a person to be a prophet?
Does He use prophets today, or [...]